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Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Emma Bovary is bored. She’s bored with her humdrum life; married to a boring and mediocre doctor she lives under the burden that people judge her only relative to her husband and she struggles to find her own identity. ... Read review
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AdvantagesA great French classic

DisadvantagesAn unappealing heroine from my male viewpoint

"Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Emma Bovary is bored. She’s bored with her humdrum life; married to a boring and mediocre doctor she lives under the burden that people judge her only relative to her husband and she struggles to find her own identity. She fills her empty days reading chick-lit romance novels and shopping before embarking on a string of adulterous affairs trying to find a man who will love ..." Read review
01.06.2007

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The Ultimate tragic heroine?...

AdvantagesGreat characterisation, amazing descriptive style, effortlessly tragic

DisadvantagesDescriptive bombardment may not suit everyone!

"I have heard this book described as a great paradigm for modern feminism. Personally, Im not convinced. I spent half of my reading time trying to decide whether its female protagonist - Emma Bovary, is weak, feeble and manipulative or a passionate woman destroyed by the confinements of her sex along with those of 19th Century France. Emma Bovary is a tragic heroine - or is she? Flaubert's book begins with a description of its male protagonist (if ..." Read review
01.07.2005

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The original "Desperate Housewife"

AdvantagesSparkling prose, literary description at its best

DisadvantagesDon't expect a moral fairy tale…

"Madame Bovary is, in essence, an exploration of provincial boredom, and, ironically for one of the best loved of all nineteenth-century novels, the dangers of reading books. Published in 1857, it was a controversial novel causing a moral uproar that, before his subsequent acquittal, actually landed Flaubert in court. Despite this fracas, the novel became a trailblazing exploration of the themes of boredom, adultery and materialism, and is, therefore, ..." Read review
30.08.2005

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She's a bit of a Madame!

AdvantagesGood characterisation

DisadvantagesCharacters have become rather dated

"Indulge me a moment while I relate a short tale. More years ago than I care to remember, when I was at school, we were assigned, in a French oral class, the task of working in pairs, one of us taking the part of a police officer and the other a witness, to converse in French, asking for and giving the description of a person spotted at the scene of some fictitious crime. I worked with my friend Louise and, although this is blatant boasting, I have ..." Read review
29.03.2004

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From high hopes to disillusionment

AdvantagesApparently a literary classic; some excellent characterisations

DisadvantagesFairly predictable plot

"On the face of it, this looks like being a really good read. The cover (I read the Oxford World's Classics edition) tells the reader how the book is a landmark of world literature; how it marked a great shift in French literature; etc, etc. So you set about it with high hopes. The book tells the story of Emma Bovary, a country doctor's wife who becomes increasingly disillusioned and bored with her life and her husband. She seeks escape in a series ..." Read review
01.08.2000

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Emma Bovary is the beautiful, frustrated wife of a provincial doctor. Torn between fantasy and reality, Emma, mesmerising to the opposite sex, embarks upon love affairs which belie her class aspirations, but are true to her soul. "Madame Bovary" is a compelling portrayal of the intensity of human passion, a characteristic which is Emma's greatest attribute, yet one which ultimately leads to tragedy.

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Type Fiction
Genre Classics
Title Madame Bovary
Author Gustave Flaubert
ISBN 207041311X
EAN 9782070413119

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